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Learn more about Sierra Leone.
Flag of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Population: 5,883,889 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Freetown
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An Introduction to Sierra Leone
The 1991 to 2002 civil war between the government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (well over one-third of the population), many of whom are now refugees in neighboring countries. With the support of the UN peacekeeping force and contributions from the World Bank and international community, demobilization and disarmament of the RUF and Civil Defense Forces (CDF) combatants has been completed. National elections were held in May 2002 and the government continues to slowly reestablish its authority. However, the gradual withdrawal of most UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) peacekeepers in 2004 and the tenuous security situation in neighboring Liberia may present challenges to the continuation of Sierra Leone's stability.

Sierra Leone map

Map of Sierra Leone ( Location ) : 8 30 N, 11 30 W, Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia. For additional reports and educational information specific to Sierra Leone, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Sierra Leonean Flag
Three equal horizontal bands of light green (top), white, and light blue.

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Some interesting facts and figures about Sierra Leone.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.27%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 40.23 yrs - Male
    • 45.21 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 24,000 (2002)

    • 53,000 (1997)

    • 1,120,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .sl

Did you know ... People from Sierra Leone are called Sierra Leoneans

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook